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On each day we'll read a section of A Study In Drowning both on the blog and in The Nest's group, and then discuss in the comments our theories and predictions. This means there will be spoilers for each section! Beware!
Just a reminder that this will be a SPOILER discussion for chapters 16-17 of A Study In Drowning, so make sure you read or are finished this section before continuing.
The Fairy King may be gone, but the house was still sinking.
Effy hurries to save Preston, who is drowned up to his shoulders. The house is falling around them, and they resign themselves to fate when another set of hands comes over Effy's.
It's Angharad. She's saved them.
She leads them up through the house and to the guesthouse.
Once there, she introduces herself as Angharad Myrddin, nee Blackmar. She tells them that her husband and now her son have died.
Effy apologizes, but Angharad tells her not to be sorry. The Fairy King used him as. a vessel, and he's been dead many months.
Preston, of course, is dead shocked to hear that the Fairy King was real. He's unbelieving, but Angharad tells him she was, once, too.
Angharad tells them that no one believed her. Not about the Fairy King, her husband, her son or the book she wrote.
Preston and Effy admit that they knew she wrote it and that Ianto tried to kill them over it. She tells them that the Fairy King always preys on weaker men.
Angharad then tells them that they must have questions, and they light a fire.
She tells Effy and Preston her story. About meeting Myrddin, about her father telling her storytelling was not for girls, and about her affair with an older man.
She tells them of the first time she laid with Emrys and that afterward, she looked at him through a mirror and saw the Fairy King instead. After that, she was consumed by writing Angharad, and then when the men in her life found out, she was given to Emrys as a wife. He got the glory, Greenebough got the manuscript, and her father received the royalties.
She explains that they were married, and she'd lived in poverty the whole time, in the crumbling manor with just Ianto and his father.
Preston apologizes for it taking so long to investigate, and Angharad, in return, apologizes to them. For Ianto and for bringing them there.
Angharad then tells them that at least now she's free, and they regretfully inform her that they lost the journal and the photographs.
But they still had the case. And inside it, Angharad.
In the end, Effy and Preston spend a month in Laleston writing the paper that would become “Uncovering Angharad : An Inquiry in to the Authorship of Major Works Attributed to Emrys Myrddin”.
It has both their names on it.
Angharad has rented an apartment in Laleston and is ready for the reports to come. She tells Effy that all she has left is the truth after fighting the Fairy King for so long.
Effy feels like she should have fought, but Angharad just tells her the truth : survival is bravery, too.
Then Preston and Effy return to Caer Isel. They present their paper to Dean Fogg who tells them that the paper should be widely released for academic critisism.
But he tells Effy that she should not be on the paper, as a woman. Preston tells him that they'll just go to a tabloid journalist. Effy asks him how he think it would look to the world that the university was doing to her what Myrddin did to Angharad.
She also tells him to fire Corbenic, and does not relent until he agrees to do so.
Later they are talking and Preston asks Effy whether back at Hiraeth she'd ever heard church bells on the wind, too.
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